Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GRIDLOCK Hope by Emily Dickinson

MeaningThe meaning of this poem is that hope can be found anywhere, and even though it is something delicate, it can keep many people warm and full of life.
Dickinson was a religious poet and this particular poem had a reference to her struggle with religion.
Structural PartsThrough the author's use of symbolism she has a light take on the happiness of hope rather than the why-bother-to-hope attitude. She is able to create an insightful poem through a very few words. The bird is the most symbolic because something so delicate has such huge meaning for everyone such as peace.
ClimaxThe climax is in the second stanza.
Other PartsThe first stanza shows describes what hope is through the use of metaphors. In the second stanza the author shows the effect of hope. Finally, the last stanza shows creativity due to the proposed question of hope.

SkeletonThe first stanza is light an happy, the second stanza becomes more serious, and the third stanza is interesting because it proposes the topic of hope never asking for anything in return.
Content Genre-
The hopeful poem. I understand this is a bit literal, but the author clearly explains what hope is through metaphors such as comparing hope to birds. Therefore the author is following the rules.
Tone Happy, insightful, curious
AgencyThe bird is the main subject.
Roads Not TakenI think this poem is fine the way it is and I could not see it taking on another form because its classic and doesn't really need to be changed in order to make it applicable to a different era of people.
Speech ActsThere is a lingering question in the back of the mind at the end of the poem when the author discusses hope of being selfless by not asking for anything in return even though being hope is a very demanding job.
Outer and Inner Structural
The outer structure form is ABCB and has alterations in iambic pentameter. The inner structural form is based off of her feeling with God and has strength through her personal struggle. 
ImaginationI think the author believed that hope was like bird and she received her imagination from God.

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